Cameron Aide Guilty of Downloading Child Porn; but Did Policy Chief Delete Indecent Images on Second Computer?

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Cameron Aide Guilty of Downloading Child Porn; but Did Policy Chief Delete Indecent Images on Second Computer?


Byline: Rebecca Camber and Tom Kelly

DAVID Cameron was facing questions over his judgment last night after one of his former aides was convicted of downloading child porn.

Patrick Rock, 65, was a key member of the Prime Minister's inner circle at Downing Street.

He had been involved in drawing up government policy on tackling internet pornography when he was caught with a cache of indecent images of girls as young as ten in gold bikinis and hot pants.

Rock admitted downloading the pictures of young Czech girls while staying at the Pinehurst hotel and golf club in the US. He claimed he was struggling with grief over his mother's death four months earlier.

He denied the images were indecent and his lawyer compared the youngsters' provocative clothing and poses to Britney Spears in her music video Hit Me Baby One More Time. But yesterday Rock was found guilty of downloading five indecent images.

It can now be revealed that he may have hid other incriminating evidence before his arrest in February 2014. Rock is believed to have wiped a computer after a tip-off from his sister that the FBI had seized his iPad containing the images. It had been found by builders at his mother's home in North Carolina shortly after her death.

Investigators believe his sister, who lives in America, emailed him about the search. Although there is no suggestion it was a deliberate ploy on her part, it prompted Rock to erase the memory on a second tablet he had with him in the UK.

A source close to the case said: 'There was an iPad found in his address in the UK when he was arrested but they found no images on it at all. The only internet history dated back to February 12, 2014. The American search took place two days earlier.' Sasha Wass QC, defending, said Rock told the Prime Minister's private secretary of the FBI's involvement. He resigned after he was arrested in the middle of the night at his London home by the National Crime Agency. …

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